13 of the Most Instagrammable Photo Spots in the Seychelles

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The Seychelles Islands are the definition of a picturesque paradise, boasting a dreamy landscapes with white sandy beaches granite rocks formations and crystal-clear waters.

The Seychelles is home to what is often described as the most photographed beach in the world. So, whether you’re exploring the main island of Mahe or the smaller islands of Praslin or the La Digue, these are 12 of the most breath-taking Instagram-worthy photo spots that the Seychelles has to offer.

Best Photo Spots in Mahe

Mahe is the largest island in the Seychelles archipelago. With its lush tropical landscapes, pristine beaches, and breathtaking viewpoints; Mahe promises an unforgettable experience. This enchanting island offers a diverse range of photo spots, from historic sites and panoramic views to lush forests with cascading waterfalls. 

1. Mission Lodge

Perched on the lush hillside of Mahe, Mission Lodge, also known as Venn’s Town, is the ruins of a 1800s missionary school, and a viewpoint that offers a picturesque view of Mahe’s west coast. 

The remnants of the old missionary school add a touch of history and charm to this already mesmerising location. On a clear day, you can see the tropical mountains meeting the turquoise water, making it a beautiful spot for landscape photography or a backdrop for Insta-worthy pics.

2. Sauzier Waterfall

Tucked away in a serene forest, Sauzier Waterfall is a hidden gem of a photo location. After a 10 minute walk though lush vegetation, you’ll reach the large waterfall cascading down into a natural pool. The lush greenery surrounding the falls creates a serene and tranquil setting, making it an ideal spot for capturing photos.

3. Salazie Trail Lookout

The Salazie Trail Lookout is a lesser-known hike that leads you to an incredible viewpoint overlooking the tropical mountains of Mahe. The trail winds through dense tropical forests, offering glimpses of the island’s diverse flora and fauna along the way. When you reach the lookout, which is made of huge granite rocks, you’ll have a panoramic view of Mahe and the sparkling ocean.

4. Saint-Anne Marine National Park

For picturesque tropical islands, incredible viewpoints and the unique Giant Aldabra Tortoise, head on a boat trip to the islands of Saint-Anne Marine National Park. The park is made up of 8 small islands, all of which offer incredible photo opportunities. Moyenne Island is home to the freely roaming Giant Aldabra Tortoise, and a viewpoint overlooking the turquoise water.

Round Island is a small island with sandbanks stretching out into bluest water we have ever seen, and is the definition of paradise. Not only do the islands offer plenty of photo spots, but the crystal-clear waters are thriving with marine life, and the chance for some underwater photography.

5. Copolia Trail

The Copolia Trail is one of Mahe’s most popular hikes, and it’s easy to see why. This picturesque hiking trail leads you through lush tropical forests and rocky terrains, leading to the summit which reveals incredible panoramic views of Mahe’s mountains meeting the turquoise Indian ocean. From this vantage point, you can spot Eden island, St Anne Marine Park, and even Praslin and La Digue in the distance.

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6. Anse Major

Located on the northwestern end of Mahe is the pristine Anse Major Beach, which is undoubtedly one of the best photo spots on Mahe. What sets this spot apart is its exclusivity, as it can only be reached through a short and scenic coastal hike or boat trip, making it more remote and secluded compared to many other beaches on Mahe. With fewer people around, it’s a photographer’s paradise, providing opportunities to capture photos in an undisturbed and pristine setting.

Best Photo Spots in Praslin

Praslin, the second largest island in the Seychelles, is a breathtaking tropical paradise that has an abundance of photo opportunities. This island’s pristine beaches, lush landscapes, and unique flora make it the perfect place to capture the beauty of the Seychelles.

1. Anse Lazio

Anse Lazio is a beach that has earned a reputation as one of the most picturesque in the world. This idyllic spot features powdery white sand, gentle waves lapping the shore, and massive granite boulders scattered along the coastline. As you walk along the beach, the turquoise waters and dramatic rock formations create a surreal setting that begs to be captured in photographs. 

If you continue walking to the end of the beach, you’ll see paths leading through the forest. Take these paths, and you’ll find some small hidden beaches that you’ll have to yourself! This offers the perfect opportunity for photos away from crowds.

2. Vallee De Mai

Situated in the heart of Praslin Island is the Vallee de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ancient palm forest, shrouded in lush greenery, is home to the legendary Coco de Mer, a unique and rare palm tree that produces the world’s largest seed. As you wander through this mystical forest, you’ll be surrounded by towering palms and intriguing flora, providing endless photo opportunities.

3. St Pierre Island

Only a short boat ride from Praslin is the enchanting islet of St. Pierre. The tiny granite island is made up of unique rock, lush tropical palm trees, and soft white sand surrounded by turquoise water; creating a breathtaking setting that is straight out of a postcard.

The unique rock formations of St. Pierre makes for a striking subject in photographs, especially when framed against the vastness of the Indian Ocean. This is also an incredible underwater photo spot, with vibrant marine life thriving around the island. 

If you have a long range drone with good battery life, you can reach the island from the Cote D’Or Beach, which is exactly what we did. Although, you’ll want to be careful about flying your drone over water!

4. Cote D’Or Beach

Cote D’Or Beach is one of Praslin’s most beautiful beaches, with swaying coconut palms and emerald-green hills in the distance creating the perfect backdrop for photos. This spot comes alive at sunset, with vibrant colours enhancing the tropical landscape. Pair this with a flowy dress for the ultimate dreamy beach shoot.

Best Photo Spots in La Digue

As you set foot on the island of La Digue, prepare to be transported to a true island paradise. La Digue is the smallest of the three main islands in the Seychelles, and is a tranquil oasis known for its untouched beauty; and offers the perfect setting for capturing dreamy and Instagram-worthy photos.

1. Anse Source D’Argent

Anse Source d’Argent is an iconic beach on La Digue Island that has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the most photographed beaches in the world. With its massive granite boulders, soft powdery sand, and turquoise waters, it is truly one of the most photogenic spots in the Seychelles. 

One of the secrets to capturing the beauty of this beach is finding the perfect angle. From above, you can capture the entire landscape, combining the palm trees, granite rocks and turquoise water. Using a drone allows you to create a unique and awe-inspiring perspective.

For a more secluded experience and the best lighting, sunrise is the ideal time to visit Anse Source d’Argent. The soft light of the early morning casts a magical glow over the landscape, while the absence of crowds allows you to capture stunning shots without anyone in them.

2. Anse Pierrot & Anse Marron

Anse Pierrot and Anse Marron are secluded spots accessible only by boat or hiking, rewarding you with untouched natural beauty. The rugged terrain, rocky cliffs, and pristine beaches create a dramatic and untouched landscape that will look incredible in landscape photos.

Be prepared to venture off the beaten path, wading through shallow waters and climbing over granite rocks to find the perfect vantage points. The effort will be well worth it as you capture the raw beauty of these remote beaches, with their wild and untouched landscapes serving as the ultimate backdrop for your Instagram-worthy shots.

We would highly recommend booking a tour with Sunny Trail Guide for exploring these beaches, as they’re only accessible via an unmarked hike through small spaces and over granite boulders. 

3. L’Union Estate Park

L’Union Estate Park is a must visit on La Digue Island. As a coconut and vanilla plantation, this park offers a glimpse into the island’s agricultural heritage, providing a picturesque backdrop of swaying coconut palms and fragrant vanilla vines. The photogenic palm trees offer endless opportunities for photos, and as you explore the park, keep an eye out for the Giant Aldabra Tortoise, which roam freely.

Not only does L’Union Estate Park serve as a beautiful photography spot in the Seychelles, but it also serves as the access point to the iconic Anse Source d’Argent beach, allowing you to explore two of the Seychelles most Instagrammable places at the same time.

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